What we are looking for

When selecting programs, Independent Lens considers a range of factors, including the quality of the filmmaking, the timeliness of the story, and audience appeal. Programs should offer a fresh perspective, especially if the topic has been explored on other PBS series.

Independent Lens seeks to present the U.S. television broadcast premiere, however we will consider a work of special merit that has had very limited television exposure (such as broadcast on local public TV station).

Independent Lens does not accept instructional films, performance pieces, docudramas, reenactments, and programs with content better suited for another PBS series (PBS's Nature presents nature programs, PBS's NOVA presents science programs, etc.). If you have a question about eligibility, please email ILsubmissions@itvs.org.

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